Free Self-Improvement Topics in Chicago

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  • Sticks & Stones – How Our Words Frame Our World

    James H. Carpenter Barnes, Ph.D., JW/Fuzion Enterprises - Author - Personal Development Speaker & Coach - Radio Talk Show Host

    Sticks and Stones – Using the Power of Words to Frame Your World MORE >

    In a single moment of time we can speak words which can have an impact for the next 10 years, positively and negatively. This isn’t a new discovery. For years I spoke without regard for the far-reaching consequences attached to what I said. Whether out of foolish jesting, or raging anger. Negative destructive words cut two ways… going into the life of the hearer and when they come back to the life of the speaker. This workshop answers these questions:

    Where does the spoken word gather its power?

    How can I use the language of the physical realm to my advantage in life? Why is it difficult to put emotions such as love and hate into descriptive terms.

    We explain that the language of the mind is thought, while the language of the body is an experience. How both work together to advance or hinder success in ourselves and others. This is explained in detail in my Best Selling book, Looking for God? Look No Further-Look Within.

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  • The Focus Advantage

    James H. Carpenter Barnes, Ph.D., JW/Fuzion Enterprises - Author - Personal Development Speaker & Coach - Radio Talk Show Host

    This topic teaches how to release the ability manifest a desired goal using intentional focus. Learning to join emotional energy with mental imaging is the path to limitless creativity. We bring into our lives the things we sincerely desire from the heart. When are able to see our desires in our mind's eye, focus on them without conflict, we are on our way to a more productive life. Being distracted is often an unrecognized habit, distraction yields unfocused energy. This explained in detail in my Best Selling book, Looking for God? Look No Further-Look Within. MORE >

    Some teach the idea that you must write it down and say it aloud; this is true, in part. There is a vast difference between saying a thing and speaking it. If what we utter is not spoken from the heart with intentional desire, and if what we write down is not written from that same passion-filled heart; aren't we are just talking and taking notes. In such a case, we must rely on our external determination. Leaving the immense reservoir of creative ability within us untapped.

    The objective of this topic is to demonstrate the importance of overcoming contradictory/counter productive thoughts which often show up when we are in the midst of working toward a goal. Whether the opposing thought comes from another person or from within our own mind. We are often our own greatest hindrance to success and progress.

    There is a simple technique which will begin to train the mind to focus, thus allowing the heart to speak the language of creativity. If the words are not spoken from a passionate heart, they are foreign to the creative forces we all carry within us. What we give our attention to we also give our energy.

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  • Look Within to Execute Your Possible

    James H. Carpenter Barnes, Ph.D., JW/Fuzion Enterprises - Author - Personal Development Speaker & Coach - Radio Talk Show Host

    Look Within to Execute Your Possible MORE >

    Many of us who experience self limiting mindsets are aware that something is holding us back from being the extraordinary we person desire to be. Unfortunately, most do not understand we are trained to be limited in our thinking from the time we begin pre-school. Color inside the lines, sit on the circle, and so on. It's the nature of humanity to create and innovate, not live life as a pre-programmed robot. Shifting the way we think, speak and act frees us of pre-set... ingrained limitations. This is the first step to breaking the chains of fear and mediocrity; liberating us to experience life in the extraordinary. This is explained in detail in my Best Selling book, Looking for God? Look No Further-Look Within.

    In 1982 I was a musician using and selling illegal substances. I eventually wound up living in a car the entire summer of that year. It was at this point I began the journey seeking the extraordinary life. Over time I found the principles which have enabled me to lived an extraordinary life. It all begins with reprogramming who we are, it's simple but it's not easy. Giving up familiarity and comfort are never easy, but it is worth it.

    We are the only species on the planet with the ability to shift who we are intention and purpose. The ability is already encoded into our DNA.

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  • Discover What’s Really Wrong In Your Life And How To Fix It!

    Diane Moca, Television Reporter / Motivational Speaker / Entrepreneur / Working Mother, Working Mom Warrior

    For years, my vision for my life was to HAVE IT ALL -- manage kids, spouse and work successfully. But the harder I tried to accomplish that, the less fulfilled, happy and healthy I felt. I was unaware that I was neglecting a critical component in life that didn't seem important but was eating away at my sanity. By sharing my story and what I did to turn my life around, your group will learn the four main categories and six key areas in life that we must all nurture, and audience members will engage in an interactive session to help each person discover which component they need to fix and the steps to bring their life into balance. MORE >

    My presentation begins with the emotional journey that allowed me to develop my Goal Awareness and Achievement Formula. I explain how drastically life changed when there were so many demands on my time that I felt out of control and in a constant state of frenzy. After having two kids, working as a journalist and developing my own real estate business, I began to feel frustrated and overwhelmed every day. I was having chest pains and yelling at my kids and husband all the time. I realized I had to change my way of thinking or risk continued erosion of my physical and mental health. I began listening to dozens of audiobooks on productivity, passion and joy. I followed the guidance and insights of these authors. Through overcoming denial, becoming aware of what was really wrong, ending the cycle of blaming others, taking on personal accountability for my situation, putting in the hard work of changing my attitudes and habits, and maintaining patience throughout the process, I drastically improved my life.

    I'm now accomplishing more than ever in pursuits that are meaningful, and I have control over my schedule to be able to spend quality time with my family. I am on a mission to help others do the same.

    Many professionals feel we are pulled in too many directions and don't know how to meet the high standards of our bosses, our family, our friends and ourselves. I have discovered some of the secrets for making it all work through books, courses, coaches and interviews with successful professionals. I’ve spent more than a decade of my life studying how to do it all – taking in hundreds of articles about raising happy and healthy kids, about striving for career aspirations and running a successful business, about keeping a marriage fresh and lively yet deeply meaningful and long-lasting. At this point in life I have turned my study to the real-life heroes living their dreams and discovered what they went through to manage everything -- career, kids, spouse, home, health, fitness, style, finances, spirituality, growth, and purpose.

    As a result of interviewing working moms for my Working Mom Warrior YouTube channel, I now have a greater understanding of the motivation that can enrich women’s lives every day. I am creating a community of working moms who share and prop each other up, instead of competing. I am offering their insights and the lessons of my own transformation to groups who would benefit by hearing specific details showcasing how anyone can mold their life to feel invigorated and successful on a daily basis.

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  • “Hard Conversations for Avoiders”

    Tim Reynolds, Leadership & Life Skills, Clover Lane Partners LLC

    Why do we avoid difficult conversations? What are the costs professionally and personally? How can you overcome this avoidance and have effective hard conversations? This interactive presentation answers all three questions and provides practical skills that you will immediately be able to use and teach.

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  • Med Advantage? Med Supplement? ugh!

    Thomas Perrucci, Medicare Benefits Advisor, Premier Medicare Benefits

    You're on Medicare, you've been told you need more coverage for things Medicare doesn't cover. Should you have a Med Advantage plan, or a Med Supplement plan? What's the difference,? which is better, what are the costs? MORE >

    Tom Perrucci from Premier Medicare Benefits, will help you compare the (2) plans, understand how they work, how they differ and then help you make the best choice for your needs & budget!

    Tom is on Medicare as well, so he brings a unique 'insider' view!

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  • Assuring Your Eternal Destiny is a Good One!

    Ron Jasnowski, Founder, Answers for Eternity

    Learning key Bible verses exceeds our expectations. Most people do not realize our Bibles tell us anyone can be ASSURED of making it into heaven. This exciting non-denominational message reveals key Bible passages so you and your loved ones can become assured of making it into heaven! Ron specializes in helping people understand how simple it is to get right with God and end up in heaven. MORE >

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  • The Great Comeback

    Dionnea Seals, License Professional Counselor, Author, and Speaker, Founder- Encouraging Hearts and Inspiring Minds

    Let’s face it, we all make mistakes and have regrets in life. Whether your mishaps are self-imposed or not, God is not surprised at your current situation. What do you do when your back is up against the wall? The Great news- You may be down, but you’re not out! Learn how God can take the “messy things” and turn it into a great message! MORE >

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  • Life Unscripted

    Dionnea Seals, License Professional Counselor, Author, and Speaker, Founder- Encouraging Hearts and Inspiring Minds

    Everyone has an ideal life. From marriage, children, career, and the list can go on. Our specific plans can be a little…, well, too specific. What do you do when life interrupts your agenda, and how do you make peace with the life you’re currently living? You will learn how to change your perspective and view this journey through eyes of Faith. MORE >

    God’s call often comes in the unexpected. Trusting God releases our Faith, while setting His agenda in motion. In the end, you’ll find the blessings in detours leading you to God’s ultimate Will and plan for your life.
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  • Entertaining with Ease

    Kim Burk, Foodie, Party Planner, Speaker

    I offer a variety of custom presentations on a variety of topics to fit your organization's needs. Possible topics include: Planning a simple dinner party, Holiday entertaining ideas, Summer picnics/parities, The perfect Brunch, Ladies Luncheon Ideas, Appetizers and More.

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